Tested on animals:Yes
Prevage continues to plod along, still maintaining that its star antioxidant (idebenone) is the most powerful one under the sun and, therefore, the only one you need, and, of course, that it’s worth the extreme price tag.
This body moisturizer, with its eyebrow-raising price, makes all manner of claims to try to make you believe it isn’t just another moisturizer for your body from the neck down. No, sir! Making claims that should be preceded by a “step right up folks” invite, Prevage’s body lotion is said to remedy scars, reduce discolorations, tackle cellulite, and, in short, “totally transform” your skin in just six weeks.
Regrettably, there is nothing in this moisturizer that can perform any of those feats over and above what many other body moisturizers offer. You will not see one change in cellulite or skin discolorations, and scars may improve as they would with any moisturizer, but not in six weeks as claimed, or even in six years, even if you took a nightly bath in this stuff.
What you get is a lightweight formula effective for most cases of dry skin, though someone with eczema or very dry, itchy skin will likely find this not moisturizing enough. It does contain some intriguing antioxidants, including idebenone (listed as hydroxydecyl ubiquinone, a synthetic form of coenzyme Q10), but the superiority studies Prevage and parent company Elizabeth Arden refer to compared idebenone to only five other antioxidants. Given the vast number of antioxidants in use (plus those yet to be discovered), how can any cosmetics company conclude that they’re using the best? In addition, their studies didn’t look at improvements related to scarring, cellulite, or skin discolorations.
Interestingly, idebenone has taken a backseat to the red grape antioxidant compound resveratrol. A comparison study measuring idebenone and resveratrol’s antioxidant ability showed the latter to be 17 times stronger (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 2–7). Despite its incorrect labeling as the “best” antioxidant, there is not and likely never will be a “best” in this category.
In terms of skin lightening, the only skin-lightening ingredient of note in this formula is octadecenedioic acid, which has some research indicating a secondary effect in interrupting melanin (skin pigment) transfer. The questionable part is that the research is limited, appears to have been done by companies with a vested interest in the ingredient, and there were no concentration protocols established (Sources: International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2006, pages 263–267, and April 2005, pages 123–132).
All in all, this body moisturizer is a very expensive way to obtain smoother, softer skin with a slight shimmer (from mica). That shimmer is the only real lightening effect you’ll see, but that’s a cosmetic effect, not skin care, and you’ll still need a sunscreen if your legs see daylight. In the long run and in the short run, any of the body lotions from Olay Quench best this formula and have a comparable texture. The overall formula for Prevage Body is impressive (with one exception explaine below), but that doesn’t change the fact that we find the claims misleading and inaccurate, and there are far better options to consider.
Note: this body lotion contains a fairly high amount of radish root. There is no research indicating radish root has any benefit for your skin but its volatile components can be irritating. Due to this risk, we have downgraded the rating to average.